Nonprofit Newswire | Antiviolence Group Tied to Gang Activity Shuts Down

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July 23, 2010; Source: WSMV | On one hand, a Nashville nonprofit that worked to get people to give up their criminal ways did a good job making itself the go-to place for gang members.  On the other hand, gang members who gathered at Galaxy Star weren’t there to forswear violence, but instead federal prosecutors allege they met to plan robberies and murders.

The allegations about the real purpose of these meetings were disclosed following a federal indictment last June of the group’s co-founder and 25 suspected gang members. Since then, donors have also been ganging up on the group and pulling their support. As a result, the organization has been forced to shut down.  “I could no longer afford to pay the rent for the landlord,” said co-founder Clemmie Greenlee.

Her brother, Lonnie, and the other suspects are waiting trial in federal court. Clemmie Greenlee says she hopes to reopen with a new name in a new location. When she does, she says she hopes her past supporters “come back and try me again.”—Bruce Trachtenberg